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Ruling party faces exit as Uruguay votes for president

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:24 PM

A win for the right would 'reflect a trend in the region of voters rejecting the incumbent party over disappointing results,' an analyst says

RUN-OFF. This combination of pictures shows Uruguay's presidential candidate for the Partido Nacional party, Luis Lacalle Pou (L), on October 27, 2019, and Uruguay's presidential candidate for the ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front) party, Daniel Martinez, on October 23, 2019, both in Montevideo. Photos by Eitan Abramovich and Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

Deaths, vote-rigging claims hit Bangladesh election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(4th UPDATE) The election-day deaths brought to 18 the official police toll for election violence since the ballot was announced on November 8

VOTE. Bangladesh headed to the polls on December 30 following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh election campaign ends with new death, arrests

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Weeks of street protests and violent clashes during the campaign season leaves at least 10 people dead, and thousands of election party workers and supporters arrested

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party

Sep 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The space for political dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong is shrinking in the face of an increasingly assertive China under President Xi Jinping

PRO-INDEPENDENCE. This file photo taken on August 5, 2016 shows Andy Chan (right), leader of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party and a disqualified candidate of the city's elections, speaking at a press conference at the start of a rally near the government's headquarters in Hong Kong. Photo by  Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last 3 weeks

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Maverick MP Winston Peters emerges as kingmaker after Bill English's conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both fail to win an outright majority

ELECTION DEADLOCK. Leader of the National Party Bill English speaks to supporters at the party's election event at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland on September 23, 2017. Michael Bradley/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

Suu Kyi's party wins string of seats, rejected by Myanmar's minorities

Apr 02, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED The National League for Democracy fares well in its strongholds around Yangon and in central regions further north but faces losses in ethnic minority areas

NEW FOREIGN MINISTER. Aung San Suu Kyi attends a farewell ceremony at parliament in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2016. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Scottish lawmakers to hold independence vote on eve of Brexit

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Lawmakers in Edinburgh are due to vote on Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon s bid for a new referendum despite the prime minister s last minute appeals

UNITED – FOR NOW. A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

Scottish parliament set to back new independence vote

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers are set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon s call for a second referendum when they vote following a two day debate in the semi autonomous assembly in Edinburgh

NICOLA STURGEON. A handout photo made available from the Scottish Parliament on March 21, 2017, shows Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo by Andrew Cowan / Scottish Parliament / AFP

British MPs approve bill to start Brexit

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:45 AM

The unamended two clause bill now moves to the House of Lords where there may be more opposition from unelected peers – and where May s Conservative party does not have a majority

START OF BREXIT. In a still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 8, 2017 Members of Parliament react as the deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle announces the results of the main vote on the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill to the members of parliament in the House of Commons in central London on February 8, 2017. Photo by PRU/AFP

British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

Feb 02, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly having promised EU leaders she would trigger Article 50 by the end of March

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) in the House of Commons in London on February 1, 2017, shows MPs as they await the outcome of a vote on a bill to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. PRU/AFP

UK publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill asks parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start the formal mechanism by which Britain will leave the bloc

Bill English sworn in as New Zealand PM

Dec 12, 2016 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Socially conservative Bill English is sworn in as the country s new prime minister following last week s shock resignation of his popular predecessor John Key

New Zealand's new Prime Minister Bill English (L) speaks to the media beside his deputy Paula Bennett during a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on December 12, 2016. Marty Melville/AFP

Scotland's Sturgeon says independence will happen

Oct 16, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The Scottish National Party SNP leader pledges to explore all options to prevent Scotland being taken out of the European Union against its will

In this file photo, pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire flags and EU flags among others, rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland on July 30, 2016 to call for Scottish independence from the UK. Andy Buchanan/AFP/File

Scottish leader unveils new independence plan

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils plans for a new independence referendum in case her demands for more autonomy and for Scotland to stay in Europe s single market are not met

DEMANDS. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the media outside Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland. Oli Scarff/AFP

Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit looms

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:38 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to explore all options to protect Scotland s place in the EU after Scots bucked the national trend by voting to remain in the bloc

SEAT OF POWER. The Scottish Parliament is pictured at sunset from Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 25, 2016. Oli Scarff/AFP

Khan triumphs as London's first Muslim mayor

May 07, 2016 - 3:57 AM

5th UPDATE I want every single Londoner to get the opportunities that our city gave to me and my family – the opportunities not just to survive but to thrive says Sadiq Khan

epa05292495 Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan reacts as he is announced as the new mayor of London after votes were calculated at City Hall in London, Britain, 06 May 2016. Khan becomes London's first muslim mayor. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Hong Kong independence 'inevitable' says campaign leader

May 03, 2016 - 12:53 PM

The discussion of what was largely a taboo subject in Hong Kong has now undeniably become part of its political narrative as frustrations increase particularly among younger generations

In this file photo, a pro-democracy activist waves a flag that reads 'Hong Kong Independence' during the commemoration of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on June 4, 2015. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong threatens 'action' against independence party

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:15 PM

UPDATED The Hong Kong government says advocating independence is against the city s mini constitution while China Daily says the move is idiotic

The Hong Kong and China national flags fly at the Chief Executive's office, Hong Kong, China, October 15, 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine State

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:55 PM

A statement announcing the order says there is currently no threat of danger to people s lives in Rakhine

epa05225291 Family members of Rohingya gather in front of their hut at an Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) camp near Sittwe of Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 22 March 2016. According to media reports, the US State Department said on 21 March 2016 that Myanmar is persecuting its Rohingya Muslims, but not at the level of genocide. EPA/NYUNT WIN

Slovakia's Fico set for victory in EU's anti-refugee east

Mar 05, 2016 - 2:03 PM

The leftist populist Robert Fico is using anti Muslim and anti refugee rhetoric to clinch a win in Slovakia s general elections

VICTORY. Chairman of the Slovak Smer-Social Democracy party Robert Fico is close to winning in Slovakia's general elections, but may divide the country with his rhetoric. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

Thousands join anti-nuclear weapons march in London

Feb 28, 2016 - 7:45 AM

If a nuclear war took place there would be mass destruction on both sides of the conflict says Jeremy Corbyn

Protesters gather with placards in Trafalgar Square in front of the National Gallery in central London on February 27, 2016 during a demonstration against a proposed renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapon system. Tens of thousands of people joined a protest in central London Saturday against the renewal of Britain's nuclear weapon system Trident. A decision is expected to be taken later this year on replacing the ageing submarines which carry the Trident missiles at an estimated cost of 31 billion GBP (39 billion euros, 43 billion USD). / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N

British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory

May 19, 2015 - 8:42 AM

The substantial business starts next week when the queen delivers a speech outlining the new government s program at the traditional state opening of parliament

PARLIAMENT IN ACTION. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (CL) speaking at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in London on May 18, 2015 as members of parliament convened for the first time since the May 7 general election. PRU/AFP

Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory

May 10, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Britain adjusts to a new political landscape after a shock election victory for Prime Minister David Cameron that decapitated the opposition and bolstered secessionists in Scotland

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD. British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron delivers a statement to the nation at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 8, 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Scottish MPs celebrate election success with anti-austerity pledge

May 09, 2015 - 11:15 PM

It is the priority that elected lawmakers from the Scottish National Party will take to the very heart of the Westminster agenda says party leader Nicola Sturgeon

VICTORY. Scottish First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon (C), poses for photographs in front of the Forth Bridge in Queensferry, west of Edinburgh, Scotland on May 9, 2015, during a photo call with all the newly-elected SNP Members of Parliament (MPs) following the outcome of the UK general election. Andy Buchanan/AFP

'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep

May 08, 2015 - 3:09 PM

UPDATED The nationalists win 56 of 59 parliamentary seats in Scotland in Thursday s general election up from just 6 at the last vote in 2010

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY. Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon (C) and supporters celebrate after a great night for her party at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on 08 May. Photo by Robert Perry/EPA

Student, 20, is Britain's youngest MP as SNP surge

May 08, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Mhairi Black who pronounces her first name Mary wins a majority of over 5 000 in Thursday s election to topple Douglas Alexander the Labour party s 47 year old foreign affairs spokesman and campaign chief

MHAIRI BLACK. Scottish National Party candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black poses at the launch of the SNP election manifesto in Edinburgh on April 20, 2015. Photo by Lesley Martin/AFP

Surprise lead for Conservatives in UK election exit poll

May 08, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The centre right Conservatives are projected to win 316 seats compared to 239 for Ed Miliband s center left Labour party in a result that tears up pre election predictions

ELECTIONS. Election officials count ballot papers from the Hallam constituency of Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Britain, 07 May 2015. Photo by Nigel Roddis/EPA

How the UK parliamentary elections work

May 07, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The leader of the party that gains the majority of seats in the parliamentary election becomes the new prime minister

Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

May 07, 2015 - 3:08 PM

While the leaders of both main parties insist they can win a clear majority in the 650 seat House of Commons they will almost certainly have to work with smaller parties to form a government

POLLING BEGINS. Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage arrives at a polling station in Ramsgate, Kent, Britain, 07 May 2015. Britons are voting in a general election that will determine the UK's next prime minister. Photo by Hannah Mckay/EPA

Britain votes in election which could define its future

May 07, 2015 - 4:53 AM

The election looks set to deliver a minority government for the first time since 1974

PARLIAMENT. A CCTV camera is pictured against Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 02 April 2015. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

UK's election in numbers

May 06, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Take a look at the numbers and what they mean in this year s United Kingdom elections

Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election

May 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

While neither of the two main party leaders is talking in public about the possibility of a minority government the polls suggest that Britain is heading that way for the first time since 1997

KEEPING HIS SEAT? British Prime Minister David Cameron campaigns at a rally in St Ives, Cornwall, as part of his 36 hour non-stop tour of the UK, Britain, May 5, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Britain's boring election reaches gripping finale

May 04, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The vote could help decide whether Britain stays in the European Union and whether Scotland remains in Britain as well as putting some of Westminster s biggest names out of a job

SEAT OF POWER. A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London January 31, 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

Eyeing power, Scottish nationalists launch British election manifesto

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED Nicola Sturgeon vows that the SNP will act responsibly and constructively if it agreed to prop up a minority center left Labour government led by Ed Miliband

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon greets supporters after delivering her keynote speech at the party's spring conference Glasgow, Scotland, March 28, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Scottish nationalists offer to help British opposition to power

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Nicola Sturgeon says she will help Labour leader Ed Miliband take over from his main rival Prime Minister David Cameron

In this file photo, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon delivers her keynote speech at the party's spring conference Glasgow, Scotland, 28 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Uncertainty the only certainty a month before UK election

Apr 06, 2015 - 2:59 PM

In one month Britain votes in a general election likely to put the nail in the coffin of two party politics and herald an uncertain future of coalitions alliances and horse trading

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Campaign kicks off for tight British election

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Opinion polls suggest that neither the center right Conservatives nor center left Labour will win an outright majority in the 650 seat House of Commons

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Scottish secessionists vow to shake up UK parliament

Mar 29, 2015 - 9:00 AM

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says her pro independence party will act in the interests of left wingers across the UK if they are in a position of influence after the May 7 polls

A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London 31 January 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

UK opposition rules out coalition with Scottish separatists

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Labour s hopes of returning to power have been severely dented by a surge in support for the left wing Scottish National Party

A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London 31 January 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

Separatists to dominate Scotland in UK election – poll

Dec 27, 2014 - 8:00 PM

A poll gives pro independence Scottish National Party the lead in Scotland in the upcoming United Kingdom general elections in May

The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, flies beside the Union flag at the site of the Auld Acquaintance cairn, on the banks of the River Sark in Gretna in Scotland, on August 17, 2014. Andy Buchanan/AFP

New Scottish leader holds first meeting with Cameron

Dec 16, 2014 - 1:03 AM

Scotland s new first minister Nicola Sturgeon meets British Prime Minister David Cameron for the first time since taking office with the two discussing the further devolution of powers

Nicola Sturgeon. File/AFP

Scottish independence party names new leader

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:45 PM

First Minister Alex Salmond quit after the September ballot and has now been replaced by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon

Down but not out: Nationalist Scots fight on

Oct 09, 2014 - 3:08 PM

It is 3 weeks since Scotland voted to reject independence on September 18 but the energy behind the nationalist campaign shows no signs of dissipating

I HEART SCOTLAND. The Scottish Saltire (C) and the Union jack (R) hang from a building in Edinburgh, Scotland, 12 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

UN biodiversity meet warns of unmet targets

Oct 06, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Governments meet in South Korea to analyze progress since they agreed four years ago on 20 targets for stemming the tide of biodiversity loss

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA